Support Oyster Reefs and Christmas Bay at Texas Parks & Wildlife’s Public Hearing

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Oystermen with ATVs at Christmas Bay. Photo: Jim Olive

Galveston Bay Foundation supports Texas Parks & Wildlife’s proposed oyster regulations that are intended to protect, conserve and enhance the oyster resources of the state.  These amendments will give the Bay’s reefs a chance to recover and allow oysters to continue to provide habitat for other critters like finfish and crabs, to naturally cleanse the water as they filter feed, and help to make future harvests sustainable.

The proposed regulations include an amendment to close Christmas Bay to all oyster harvest, allowing it to serve as a critical source of oyster spat and a way to stop the damage to its shorelines and disturbances to bird rookery islands as we personally witnessed during this year’s harvest.

Specifically, the proposals include:

  • Reducing the daily sack limit from 40 to 25 sacks per day
  • Closing Monday as a legal fishing day, which will result in 5-day harvest week (Tuesday-Saturday)
  • Lowering the limit for undersize oysters (less than 3 inches) in a cargo of oysters from 15% to 5%
  • Closing oyster harvest in seven minor bays in the state, including Christmas Bay
  • Prohibiting oyster harvest within 300 feet of shorelines

Show your support at TPWD’s public hearing!
Date: August 7, 2017
Time:
6pm
Location:
Rosenberg Library, 2310 Sealy Street, Galveston 77550

A strong presence of those who love Galveston Bay and its diverse uses will go a long way!

You can also submit your comments until 7am on August 23, 2017 via TPWD’s Public Comment on Oyster Proposals.